4 – Arizona Cardinals
Of course, the Arizona Cardinals have a one-game lead over the LA Rams in the very competitive NFC West Division. So they have almost no incentive to talk to the Rams about any trade in the 2021 NFL season. But if they did, the Rams should inquire about seldom used outside linebacker Kylie Fitts without batting an eye.
Fitts was originally drafted by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He played six games that year but was cut in 2019. The Arizona Cardinals signed him in 2019. He has subsequently played a minor rotational role for the Cardinals on defense, and been a strong contributor to their special teams.
Fitts is buried on the Cardinals’ depth chart, and as such has relatively little chance of playing a significant number of defensive snaps for the team this year. They have plenty of solid firepower on their roster, and even have a ready-made replacement to promote from their practice squad.
For the Rams, Fitts would be an immediate option to play on special teams, as well as reinforce the outside linebacker position that has been adversely impacted by early-season injuries. While the Rams’ need at outside linebacker is not as critical as it was once believed to be, the front office will never have a better opportunity to negotiate a fair price.
The most intriguing characteristic about Fitts is the fact that he once played for LA Rams’ former defensive coordinator Brandon Staley. We have seen how that can be quite beneficial as both Leonard Floyd and Justin Hollins had played for Staley before signing on with the Rams.